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what to do with my HUGE laurel???

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:53

Laurels can be cut back hard but they respond by putting on amazing amounts of growth so I would consider digging it out as soon as you can.  You can get privacy from a trellis panel or 2 to replace it - raised up on tall fence posts if needs be - and grow some decorative climbing roses and/or clematis or honeysuckle depending on soil and aspect.

Another alternative would be a small tree such as a sorbus kashmeriana or a prunus serrulata which have extended seasons of interest and won't cast so much shade.

Chalk loving perennials

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 10:50

Assuming it's sunny and well drained :-

achillea (various colours available), agastache, alliums, anemone blanda, anthemis punctata, artemisia, asters, aubretia, campanulas, catanache, coreopsis, delphiniums, dianthus, dictamnus alba, echinops ritro, erigeron, eryngium, hardy geraniums , geums, lavatera, lychnis, nepeta, papaver (oriental poppies), penstemon, persicria affinis, phlox, phormium tenax, alvias, scabiosa, sedums and verbascums.

This should give you plenty of choice for form, colour and season of interest with some bubs thrown in for early colour. 


 will give a good range of colour and form.

Choosing a clematis

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 07:44

I have an Etoile Violette growing over a metal arch abotut 3' wide and deep.  It is gorgeous but more vigorous every year so I would recommend it for a wall or trellis where it can spread further.

Little Nell is more delicate in flower.  Betty Corning is perfumed.  Princess Diana is a lovely rich pink.   Alba Luxurians has lovely flowers and more delicate looking foliage.  Caerulea Luxurians is also lovely.  Blue Angel aka Blekitny Atholl is lovely from front and back as it has a stripe on the reverse.

I found that Viennetta couldn't cope with my cold winters but Chrystal Fountain does.

Another good perfumed one is this - small flowers but you'll be able to see them, and smell  them, close up on an arch.


sorbaria sem pruning

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 07:31

Some trees, such as birch, will bleed copiously if pruned during the active growth period in spring.

Your sorbaria is a plant known for suckering and spreading when it's happy.  You can dig those up and pot them on or replant elsewhere.  I wouldn't prune the top growth back apart from taking out any obvious dead twiggy bits.   It doesn't get very tall and looks best when left to show off its lovely spring foliage followed by the frothy flower heads.

Three weeks ago I dug up 7 "babies" from one of these that I've had to leave to its own devices for 2 years because of various surgeries.  I have replanted them along part of my road edge border to make a bit of a hedge and they're already looking really good.  In future, I shall force my spade in vertically around their roots about a foot from the main stems in order to sever any roots heading off to make new plants.

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 17:22

We currently have James Martin on food and cooking 5 days a week plus Mary Berry on Mondays and Saturday Kitchen on Saturdays plus Best of on Sundays and the Hairy Bikers on Thursdays.  

It seems to me that we could do with a similar spread of programmes on gardens and gardening promoting good techniques, how to make life easier and how to manage our ingredients - soil, weather, time, local climate, plants and equipment.  I'd be happy with a few prcatical gardening repeats too but not the A to Z they're churning out again here and there.  There were some lovely programmes on front garden design in the past as well as GH's special series and AT's How to series.

I did eventually watch the repeated GW this afternoon but I fell asleep.............  Kept it though so I can watch the bog garden again.  That was fab and I just happen to have a bog that needs sorting.

Where to put greenhouse?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 17:12

Slightly shaded is fine as long as it gets plenty of light.   Next to the coldframe will be very handy for the hardening off process.

North facing wall.

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 10:23

Yes it will and it will also stope the plants getting their roots down as deep as they'd like so remove as much as you can or else make a raised bed to deepen the soil for them.  Roses are very hungry plants and need good soil full of nutrients to grow well.  They can cope with clay but not concrete.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 16:21

Too early for sowing here but I have been doing lifting and dividing and replanting or potting on root days.

I assume I can sow my newly arrived chilli and tomato seeds on fruit days now that things are warming up.

Gunnera Care?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:34

I have had two of these freeze to death so my third and last attempt is in a pot which has been plunged in the greenhouse bed.  This mild winter means it already has new shoots.  I shall give it a bigger pot this spring and keep it on the terrace and it will go back in teh greenhouse next winter and every winter until the pot is too big to move and it's time to see if it's big enough for life out in the beds next to the pond.

I used to get the others through winter by burying them under a 3' high heap of garden compost but twice I was caught out by early, unforecast frosts down to -8C and that did for them.   This one will get buried at the beginning of October just in case.

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:28

I'm with Hostafan.  Too many shots of Nigel and also long unfocussed shots of Monty parading with his wheelbarrow.  30 minutes are too short to waste on anything except close-ups of plants and tasks and techniques with occasional general views of a border for the context of a plant.

Can't comment on the spoken content and advice yet as we had no sound but it's set to record tomorrow morning so I can catch up.

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